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Get Out The Vote!!
Get Out The Vote



GOTV Blogathon Archive - October 23-26, 2012


Lawmakers, political activists, and union leaders took time from their round-the-clock, get-out-the-vote schedules to join us this past week.  Click this link for additional details, guest bios, and a complete lineup including among many others, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Van Jones, Secretary Robert Reich, and Governor Howard Dean.  

The blogathon was organized by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Onomastic, rb137, JekyllnHyde, boatsie, and adviser Meteor Blades.


  • Tuesday, October 23

1:00 pm: GOTV Blogathon: Your vote really DOES Matter (Just Ask the City of East Palo Alto, California) by shanikka.

3:00 pm: The Seduction of Cynicism by Robert Reich.

  • Wednesday, October 24

7:30 am: United Citizens vs Citizens United by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

11:00 am: GOTV Blogathon: A Vote for Our Nation’s Health by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.

12:00 pm: Election 2012: The Great Vision Divide by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

1:00 pm: House Democrats Will Make You Proud by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

5:00 pm: "Bodies on the Beach": GOP Strategy Must Fail by Van Jones.

  • Thursday, October 25

9:00 am: Let's Get Out There and Do This by Senator Al Franken (D-MN).

11:00 am: My Mother by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.

1:00 pm: In 2012, Women Must Make Their Voices Heard and Vote by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

2:00 pm: GOTV Blogathon: Yes, Latinos Will Vote by SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina.

3:00 pm: Audit the Pentagon by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

4:30 pm: Not Voting? The Koch Brothers Thank You by Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI).

  • Friday, October 26

6:00 am: High-Stakes Election for Middle-Class Families by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

8:30 am: For the Rest of Us by Carol Shea-Porter - Democratic Nominee NH-01.

11:00 am: GOTV Blogathon: Young Voters and Obama by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.

12:00 pm: GOTV: If The Country Looks Like Arizona, Let's Turn it Blue by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ).

1:00 pm: GOTV Blogathon: Make It Count by Tammy Duckworth - Democratic Nominee IL-08.

2:30 pm: GOTV -My Newest Challenge: Fighting the GOP Super PACs by Jose Hernandez - Democratic Nominee CA-10.

3:00 pm: GOTV Blogathon: President Obama used his power to say Si Se Puede! by United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodríguez.


(GOTV Blogathon Text courtesy of JekllnHyde)

 
Got GOTV Post?
From now until election day, J Town will Republish (and spotlight in our Got Post? table) personal stories of GOTV: phonebanking and canvassing and support. If you find such a story and you are a Contributor, Republish it to our group queue. If you are not a Contributor, message one of the Editors directly (don't message the Group because we will not get notified!) and we will Republish it. We are looking for personal stories of real life activism, not just links to phonebanking sites. Thank you in advance for your contributions!!
 


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Got Post?
 

In Case You Missed Them:
Election Diary Rescue 10/26/12 You should be following Election Diary Rescue. They are an important group that needs our tips and recs ... and a group that shows extremely good taste! ;). (Question: if a rescue diary rescues a rescue diary does that break the space time continuum?).

GMO OMG WTF are we eating?!?! (Yes on CA Prop 37) Real HOF from citisven. Even if you can't vote on this, you should know about it.

Your Diary Could Be Here Promote a diary in the comment threads and we will test it for "the right amount of cowbell".

J Town is looking for Readers ... people who read Daily Kos posts and want a place to share them. When you find a diary worth promoting, comment in the threads and we will send the Judicious J Town Jolly Jeniuses (ie Editors Armed With Republishing Marks) to check it out and Republish here. The posts will show up in this list: J Town Babbling Brook. And if you write a diary, you can promote it here also!

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Got Project?

The Community Action Corner is a place to organize, discuss and promote all of our DK projects, blogathons, take-action measures or advocacy projects, whether we are planning online activism or working on projects for offline activism in our home communities or other communities, such as community gardens. Take-action petitions can run for more than one day to reach a wider audience. It is a place to hook up with people when we need help, volunteers, advice, tips, or contributions and to see what other DKossacks are doing. We have so many people with experience covering such a wide range of issues and activism, and we can share our experiences here. In short, the CAC will grow and expand organically to cover all our needs for projects for communities online and offline!

Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on J Town's new feature:
A Community Action Corner is a much needed feature for DK. Whether working on blogathons, fundraisers, take action or other projects at DK or activism in our home communities, we now have a home base to help spread the word to reach a wider audience and provide all of us with a work room!
Sara R:
I like the idea of a Community Corner as a go-to place to learn what creative good works are going on in the DKos community on any given day.  The more people know about what is going on, the more they can get involved – and be inspired to come up with new ideas and projects, as well.
citisven:
I totally love the idea of a community bulletin board type of space where people can post things they're organizing and action items, something that stays up for a few days, giving others a chance to share ideas, contribute, give advice.
llbear:
CAC is great place for us to share tips from our experiences. I think any projects undertaken by Kossacks designed to help people forgotten by most of the country is a great thing.
rb137:
This is a great idea -- herding kittens is harder than it looks, and this will be a great tool to ease our admin work and to spread word about our many excellent progressive projects at DK.

Our projects promoted
"Activism is my rent for living on the planet."
~ Alice Walker
DK Quilt Guild: NN13 project, Palo Alto VA wheelchair quilts The DK Quilt Guild will be making wheelchair quilts for the veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury/Disability unit ("SCI/D") of the Palo Alto VA Medical Center (the VA hospital nearest San Jose) to be delivered at NN13.  

Climate Change SOS Blogathon and 350.org Petition Sign the petition at 350.org to ask Mitt Romney two questions about his solutions for climate change that highlight how dangerous it would be if he were president. Romney has flipped flopped on whether climate change is real, and admitted he is climate change illiterate. His energy plan does not mention climate change.  If president, he would approve a tar sands pipeline the first day that will move us closer to game over.

Community Quilt Projects The Community Quilt Project is run by Sara R and connects the community in a very unique way: "Community Quilts are a way of sharing care, compassion and support for community members who are facing illness or other hardships. "

The Inoculation Project - Sunday morning at 10am Eastern Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance. The objective of this weekly project is to combat the anti-science push in conservative America by providing direct funding each week to math and science projects in red state classrooms.

Your Project Here Promote your short term or long term project in the comment threads.

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Meta Spotlight and J Town Virtual Library


Post Author Description
Cranky Users: Our Story So Far
belinda ridgewood Links to help you format diaries and comments, find your way around, and make the most of DKos 4.1
Cranky Users: Help Wanted
belinda ridgewood The ultimate guide to the DailyKos Helpdesk where you can get help, report bugs and suggest improvements
The Complete Guide to Using Photos from the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative
citisven Everything you need to know about using the DKos Photo Cooperative for your posts.
Cranky Users & KosAbility: Image Metadata
belinda ridgewood Important information about labeling your photos for the Image Library includes links to the DKos Image Library helpdesk tutorials.
New Diarists: HTML Lessons
nomandates and belinda ridgewood Lessons covering the basics of HTML formatting for diaries and comments.

Posting Statistics and Top Comment Submission

and Sneck!

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J Town is for Healing

People visit J Town to meditate on the California Poppy Field, grab some moon energy for healing and release, and to curse their bad luck at Nurse Kelley's Cursing Tree. Feel free to use the images provided here for reflection and to share your hardships, illnesses, and losses in the comment threads. We are at our best when we care about others.



Our California Poppy Field


Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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Nurse Kelley Shares Her Cursing Tree with J Town

Because sometimes it feels good to simply curse the unfairness of it all.

Cursing Tree Instructions: "I stand very close to the trunk and, depending on my need, I might yell at it, kick it, heave curses at it, look up through the branches and curse the universe, or just stand there and cry. When it was obvious exmearden was suffering and would die soon, I even beat it with my fists." ~ Nurse Kelley

“Life. Optimism. The future of us. Smooth the waters of the past, so that we can push out into the waves a bit further, for a little longer. Pull who we love and what we love close to us, around us like a warm blanket, which gives us comfort and lends a strength we may not see inside ourselves. Underpin our days with caring and contact and not isolation and fear.”
~ Kris Froland (exmearden)

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J Town is a community diary series founded February 14, 2011 by JanF and Julie Gulden. It posts daily at 9 am Central* / 10 am Eastern / 8 am Mountain / 7 am Pacific. *Democracy in action (or inaction). (The fine print)
Note: J Town may be occasionally recast as "br town" (not the shivering kind of br but the "brilliant rendition" kind of br). Negotiations are underway for future guest bloggers. Watch this space!




You Are Here

Where on Earth was belinda ridgewood?

Each day in J Town starts as something new. It is, quite literally, what you make it.

Have fun and let the Towning begin!

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